Trust: Not What I Feel, But What I Know
In last week’s Spot of Grace, we started a new series centered on the idea of “trust”. I stated that trust is the bridge from chaos to peace. I told how I have seen the absence of trust in some people’s lives. I shared about a man I met just before he died and how when our conversation started he was in a state of fear. The Lord was gracious and was working in this man’s heart. Our conversation ended with him putting his faith and trust in Jesus. Trust is the bridge from chaos to peace.
Today I want to share with you another statement: Trust is not based on what I feel, but what I know. This is easy to say, but harder to choose in real life. When trials and tough situations happen, it can be hard to trust. When difficult days come it can be a challenge to respond with trust instead of stress or anxiety.
To illustrate the difficulty of responding with trust instead of anxiety, let me share with you one of the most difficult days of my life.
May 1, 2007, was supposed to be an awesome day. My wife was scheduled for a C-section for our fourth child. The day started off with excitement. We checked into the hospital and my wife was prepared for the surgery. This was our first C-section and it happened much quicker than we thought. Within just a few minutes of the surgery starting the nurse held up our son.
I left my wife with the doctor as he finished the procedure and went with the nurse as she cleaned up my son. She wasn’t the most talkative of nurses but as time went on she was more and more quiet and focused on my son. She then said a sentence I will never forget. “Your son has wet lung syndrome and I need to take him to the special care unit.” With that earth shattering statement she left the room, and I was alone.
A few moments later my wife joined me in the room and asked the obvious question, “Where is our son?” I shared with her what the nurse had said and we sat there trying to make sense of it all. It was in that moment that we faced the choice that is at the center of this week’s Spot … Trust not what I feel but what I know. We had to remember that God loved our son more than we did. We had to remember that God is good. We had to remember that God was in control of this whole situation. But in that moment, trust was hard and stress and worry were easy. Our son spent several days in a special care unit. We learned that wet lung syndrome is fairly common with C-section babies. A week later our son was discharged and we were able to take him home.
Here is my point: We need to make the decision to trust before the tough day comes. To make that decision in the heat of a life changing situation is hard. It’s better to start each day reminding ourselves what we know about God and what He is able to do. Then we will be prepared for whatever comes our way. In the words of Joshua 24:15:
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Have a good week.